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Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book

Sep 19, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried.  

Bodily resurrection is key to Christian identity, Pope reminds

Sep 19, 2014 - 03:37 pm .- Bodily resurrection is a reality which is the seal of our identity as Christians, Pope Francis said in his Friday morning homily at Santa Marta.  

Being honest about our sin 'opens us to the Lord's caress'

Sep 18, 2014 - 06:10 am .- At daily Mass, Pope Francis drew from the Gospel reading of the woman who washed Christ's feet with her tears – noting God's tender response to those who have the humility to acknowledge their sin.

Curia reform advances as cardinals, minors protection group meet

Sep 18, 2014 - 04:09 am .- As Pope Francis' council of cardinals for curia reform gather this week in Rome, the newly-created Pontifical Commission for Protection for minors will soon meet to finish creating its statutes.

Pope Francis uses fast-track move to canonize first Sri Lankan

Sep 17, 2014 - 09:54 am .- Blessed Joseph Vaz will soon become Sri Lanka's first saint after Pope Francis Sept. 17 advanced his cause for canonization by waiving the requirement for a second miracle.

True Christians aren't elitist – they generate life, Pope says

Sep 17, 2014 - 06:19 am .- At his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.”

Pope's Albania visit will draw from past, look to future

Sep 16, 2014 - 08:31 pm .- Pope Francis’ upcoming Albanian visit will highlight Mother Teresa, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past, and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious coexistence.  

God's path is closeness and compassion, Pope preaches

Sep 16, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ’s closeness to God’s people.  

No scandal here: How the 20 couples married by Pope Francis were legit

Sep 15, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- Pope Francis’ witnessing of marriages between Catholics who cohabited or who have had annulments is not a change, but is part of the Church’s effort to bring people to Jesus Christ, said two experts on Christian marriage.  

No plans to raise security ahead of Pope's Albania visit

Sep 15, 2014 - 09:40 am .- There are no plans to increase security for Pope Francis' Sept. 21 trip to Albania despite new reports of a potential threat by Islamic militants, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monday.  

Want to learn obedience? Look at the 'woman by the Cross'

Sep 15, 2014 - 08:08 am .- Celebrating Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis reflected on the ultimate example of obedience demonstrated by Mary at the foot of the Cross.

'Why the Cross?' Pope asks during Sunday Angelus

Sep 14, 2014 - 09:33 am .- On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis used basic questions about the necessity of salvation to draw listeners deeper into Christ’s saving mystery.

Pope Francis to couples: Cross illuminates purpose of marriage

Sep 14, 2014 - 07:59 am .- “Marriage is a symbol of life... the Sacrament of love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross.”

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

Sep 14, 2014 - 06:41 am .- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the necessity of contributing to political life, without replacing political institutions.  

War ruins God's creative work, Pope says

Sep 13, 2014 - 08:26 am .- Pope Francis warned against the destructive indifference towards our brothers and sisters that arises from ideologies of war during a Mass celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 13 for the victims of all wars.

Sts John XXIII, John Paul II added to General Roman Calendar

Sep 12, 2014 - 04:34 pm .- The Congregation for Divine Worship on Thursday added Saints John XXIII and John Paul II to the universal calendar of the modern Roman rite, with both their feasts observed during October.

Vatican confirms papal trip to Turkey in November

Sep 12, 2014 - 09:30 am .- A statement released by the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, where he is expected to participate in celebrations surrounding the orthodox feast of St. Andrew.

Pope Francis: correction without charity is 'a slap in the face'

Sep 12, 2014 - 06:35 am .- In his daily Mass on Friday Pope Francis spoke about fraternal correction, explaining that it heals and builds up the body of Christ, but only when done out of love.

Pope's appointment may signal advances in new abuse office

Sep 12, 2014 - 12:48 am .- Pope Francis’ latest appointment to a commission designed to fight sexual abuse of minors may have an effect in shaping the upcoming Vatican office also dedicated to combatting abuse.  

Francis encourages us as did Don Bosco, Lateran rector says

Sep 11, 2014 - 03:27 pm .- As the bicentenary of the birth of St. John Bosco approaches, a Salesian who is rector of the Pontifical Lateran University has said that Pope Francis is close to the saint, as both view education not as a job but as a way life.

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